Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
For everyone that enjoyed the fantastic Food & Wine Event at Yuma City Hall last spring sponsored by Yuma Investment Group to benefit the Yuma Community Food Bank, I’m happy to announce they’re having another one on Thursday, April 20th! As was the case last year, there will be only a limited amount of tickets available for the evening, so I wanted to get the word out early. The wines will be selected of course by the Old Town Wine Cellar, and Chef Eddie Guzman of Fresh Taste Catering will prepare an array of unique appetizers to sample along with the wines. This is a great event to benefit a very worthy cause in our community – I’m thrilled to be a part of it, and I hope you’ll want to participate. Tickets are $50 per person – order yours from Valerie Millsom at the Yuma Community Food Bank (259-2218) or you can also purchase them here at the Wine Cellar. The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30PM, and Mayor Doug Nicholls will be in attendance. I hope to see you there!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
MacRostie 2013 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) $19.99
Delicate floral aromas introduce this wine, followed by lemon citrus and peach stone fruit notes. The soft entry offers a nice hint of pie-crust spice plus candied orange peel. There’s a rich and pleasing fullness on the mid-palate, and it finishes with a crisp and lasting citrus-zest character.
Laetitia 2014 Estate Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley) $22.99
Exuding dark mulberry tones and aromas of cranberry and spiced plums, this Pinot is rich and medium-bodied. Youthful flavors of pomegranate, sandalwood and black cherry are married beautifully with spicy cedar and smoke accents, all framed with silky tannins.
Michele Chiarlo 2011 Le Orme Barbera d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) $14.99
Le Orme is an enticing Italian red, bursting with juicy blackberry, black currant and spice flavors accented by touches of violet and mineral. Barbera’s vibrant acidic structure combined with its easygoing tannins make this a great table wine.
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley) $17.99
This Washington State Cabernet is silky and generous, offering a plush mouthful of blackberry and sweet black cherry fruit flavors. The fruit is framed with firm but polished tannins, along with hints of licorice, coffee and dark chocolate.
Famille Bréchet 2012 Lirac Le Plateau des Chênes (Rhone Valley, France) $19.99
Lirac lies across the Rhone River from the celebrated appellation of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Its soils are essentially identical to those of its renowned neighbor, and it produces wines that rate among the best of the Rhone. This wine, a mix of Syrah and Grenache, has powerful dark fruit aromas and flavors edged with pleasant elements of smoke and spice.
Hearst Ranch Winery 2014 The Pergola Petite Sirah (Paso Robles) $24.99
This Petite is smooth, rich and polished, with layers of blackberry, blueberry and plum fruit. Lush and super-saturated, it literally coats the palate, with floral and spice elements adding to its abundantly ripe black fruit flavors. It’s a big and bold, yet silky-smooth mouthful of red.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Izadi 2011 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain) $19.99
This begins with the classic cherry, vanilla and tobacco leaf tones that Rioja reds are famed for. In the mouth, spicy dark cherry and berry fruit flavors mingle with a touch of vanilla and anise, plus a pleasant note of toast from two years of oak barrel aging.
Chateau Graville-Lacoste 2015 Graves Blanc (Bordeaux, France) $19.99
Pure and lively, this Graves strikes a glorious balance of flavor and refreshment. A blend of 75% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle, it offers aromas of peach, melon, wet stone, fresh-cut grass and citrus. On the palate, it’s a balanced and elegant white with rich and vibrant fruit flavors. The finish offers superb length combined with dazzling acidity.
Zenato 2013 Valpolicella (Veneto, Italy) $14.99
Valpolicella is a traditional Veneto blend of the native Corvina, Rodinella and Molinara varietals. The nose exudes rich aromas of almonds and violets. It’s smooth in texture, with a vibrant mix of dark cherry and plum fruit edged with a touch of dark chocolate.
Torres 2014 Sangre de Toro Garnacha (Calatayud, Spain) $9.99
This exudes perfumed aromas of ripe blackberries, plums and potpourri. Dark berry flavors show plenty of depth and grip, enlivened by elements of white pepper and floral tones. It finishes long and lightly sweet, with silky tannins and a lingering spiciness. This wine delivers serious bang for the buck…
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364